November 16, 2011 defpro.com
MONTVILLE, N.J. | Marotta Controls today announces a contract with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Controls, Grand Prairie, Texas, to develop a pressure regulator for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM-B) fuel pressurization system.
Earlier this year, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) selected Lockheed Martin to develop two variants of the LRASM missile – LRASM-A which is a stealthy air-launched version of the missile, and LRASM-B which is a high-speed ship-launched missile.
The LRASM-B is a conventionally armed ship-launched, standoff missile system that is under development for the USN. Focused on anti-surface warfare, the missile will include onboard sensors and processing capabilities that will enable it to engage adversaries and maneuver in a GPS denied environment. It will also enable the engagement of critical targets at extended ranges.
Marotta’s pressure regulator is a component of the LRASM-B fuel pressurization system, regulating pressure from a helium storage vessel which is in turn used to pressurize the missile fuel system. Made of superior materials construction, the Marotta pressure regulator contains an integral relief valve to prevent over-pressurization due to downstream pressure within the regulator.
“Marotta has a long history of providing pressure regulators to NASA and industry primes. Our heritage designs are proven, reliable, and have been space-flight qualified for satellite, launch vehicle, and manned space flight applications,” said Michael Leahan, vice president and chief sales officer of Marotta. “This experience directly transfers to meet the demands of the LRASM-B development program. We are proud to leverage our experience into this new development program with Lockheed Martin.”